Science

Introduction to the Subject    

 

The Bolingbroke Academy Science Department is committed in ensuring that ALL pupils make greater than expected progress across all Key Stages in the subject of Science. We uphold and display the values of the Academy and encourage the pupils to also BE BOLD at every possible opportunity within our subject area. Our aim is to deliver six outstanding Science lessons to every pupil, every day. The department is committed to developing our pupils’ scientific skills, in data interpretation, scientific planning, scientific writing and thinking. This is to be achieved through a focus on outstanding scientific literacy, facilitating the confidence in our pupils to discuss scientific ideas and ensuring that lessons are engaging, stimulating and encourage pupils to learn.

 

The vision of the Science Department: Science Vision.pdf

 

Year 7: Aims        

To provide pupils with a solid foundation of knowledge in six scientific areas. Pupils will build on their Key Stage 2 knowledge and will begin to develop their proficiency in all 6 of the departments’ ‘Key Scientific Skills’.

 

Year 7: Content        

The six scientific areas covered in Year 7 are ‘Chemical Reactions and Acids and Alkalis’, ‘Reproduction and Genetics’, ‘Classification and Interdependence’, ‘States of Matter and the Particle Theory’, ‘Space’ and ‘The Rock Cycle’.

 

Year 7: Assessment        

Pupils will be assessed three times over each half term. Two of these termly assessments will be skills based LATs (Learning Assessed Tasks) that allow the pupils to track their development in our six skill areas. The other will be a knowledge-based end of unit test. The overall Science level that each pupil is given at the end of a half term will be an average of these assessments.

Year 7: Teaching        

Each pupil receives one lesson of Science each day, totalling four and a half hours a week.

 
 Year 8: Aims      

 

To build on the scientific knowledge established in Year 7 and to provide pupils with a further foundation in six other scientific areas.

Year 8: Content        

The six scientific areas covered in Year 8 are ‘The Human Body’, ‘Forces and Magnetism’, ‘The Periodic Table’, ‘Food and Digestion’, ‘Electricity and Energy Resources’ and ‘Environmental Chemistry’.

Year 8: Assessment        

Pupils will be assessed three times over each half term. Two of these termly assessments will be skills based LATs (Learning Assessed Tasks) that allow the pupils to track their development in our six skill areas. The other will be a knowledge-based end of unit test. The overall Science level that each pupil is given at the end of a half term will be an average of these assessments.

Year 8: Teaching        

Each pupil receives one lesson of Science each day, totalling four and a half hours a week.

 
 

Year 9: Aims

To build on the scientific knowledge established in Year 8 and to provide pupils with a further foundation in six other scientific areas.
Year 9: Content
The six scientific areas covered in Year 9 are 'Light, Sound and Waves', 'Atoms, Metals and the Reactivity Series', 'Genetics and Natural Selection', 'Astronomy and States of Matter', 'The Atmosphere and Hydrocarbons' and 'Disease and Homeostasis'.
Year 9: Assesment
Pupils will be assessed three times over each half term. Two of these termly assessments will be skills based LATs (Learning Assessed Tasks) that allow the pupils to track their development in our six skill areas. The other will be a knowledge-based end of unit test. The overall Science level that each pupil is given at the end of a half term will be an average of these assessments.
Year 9: Teaching
Each pupil receives four lessons of Science each week, totalling four and a half hours.